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The Best Fitness in Phoenix

Looking for the best fitness in Phoenix? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Phoenix. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top fitness spots in and near Phoenix

  • Phoenix, Arizona

    Practice Yoga atop Piestewa Peak

    1.8 mi / 900 ft gain
    If you are an avid hiker and also love practicing yoga, then Piestewa Peak has a hidden gem awaiting you! There is a little-known helipad located just off the primary trail to Piestewa Peak's Summit (see photos above for more detailed information). If you are looking for a great place to practice...
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  • Phoenix, Arizona

    Hike Mojave Trail #200

    5.0
    1.2 mi / 300 ft gain
    The entrance for the Piestewa Peak area is located at 2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive. The Mojave Picnic Area & Trailhead is the first parking area on the right. This is a very popular trail when the outside temps drop a bit so get there early for sunset hikes to ease parking.The trail begins on the...
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  • Phoenix, Arizona

    Hike Mojave Connector Trail #202

    1.1 mi / 165 ft gain
    The best starting point to access this hike is parking at the Mojave Picnic Area and heading up the Mojave Trail #200. At .4 miles, you will hit the junction and stating point for the Mojave Connector Trail. Head left at the saddle and begin a rapid ascent up switchbacks to a small flattened summ...
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  • Phoenix, Arizona

    Hike North Mountain Trail

    5.0
    1.4 mi / 600 ft gain
    Beginning from the start of the trail on 7th Street, this short hike can be a good quick workout that offers great views of the greater Phoenix area.  Be aware that this hike is a fairly steep climb 600 feet to the top.  Once you reach the summit of North Mountain you'll find great views of the c...
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  • Phoenix, Arizona

    Hike Quartz Ridge

    4.4
    1.8 mi / 415 ft gain
    Quartz Ridge in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve (also known as Trail 8A) is a great escape getaway trail that can be done as a single track or combined with many intersecting trails. It is a very popular trail for hikers, trail runners, pet walkers, sky gawkers and more!The trailhead sits in a smal...
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  • Phoenix, Arizona

    Hike The Shaw Butte Trail

    5.0
    3.8 mi / 700 ft gain
    The Shaw Butte Trail is a short loop hike that leads you to the top of Shaw Butte in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.  Beginning from the trailhead on Central Avenue, The first section of trail follows a steady uphill service road to the top.  Near the top you'll find an array of towers and a good...
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  • Phoenix, Arizona

    Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain

    4.5
    2.46 mi / 1214 ft gain
    If you live near or around Phoenix, you know that Camelback Mountain is pretty hard to miss. Due to the mountain's height, this hike isn't exactly what you would call easy. There are two sides of the mountain you can hike, Echo Canyon and Cholla Trail. Echo Canyon is shorter, but still an extreme...
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  • Phoenix, Arizona

    Hike the West Park Loop Trail in Papago Park

    4.4
    4 mi
    This trail begins from the parking lot on the west side of Galvin Parkway. To the east of the parking lot is a single track, dirt trail that heads north towards the big buttes. It continues counterclockwise around the big butte and heads south around the smaller butte. It continues west around th...
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  • Phoenix, Arizona

    Hike to the Hole in the Rock at Papago Park

    3.5
    0.2 mi / 200 ft gain
    Papago Park is located right next to the Phoenix Zoo. The park is known for its rock formations and short hiking / running trails. The main attraction, the Hole in the Rock, at the top of the short trail, is a great place to take pictures as it is one of the highest points in the area and it off...
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  • Glendale, Arizona

    Run at Thunderbird Park

    5.0
    2 mi / 475 ft gain
    This is a great spot to go for a quick run or a short hike if you're in North Phoenix.  Thunderbird park is easily accessible with free entry and a number of picnic areas.There are 3 main hills with a variety of trail options to hike up/around each.  From the top you'll find a nice view of valley...
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  • Phoenix, Arizona

    Hike Marcos de Niza Ridgeline / National Loop

    5.0
    2.8 mi / 640 ft gain
    This is somewhat of a hidden gem in South Mountain Park, the largest municipal park in the United States, even though it's right there for all to see. The best way to take advantage of this trail is to attack the ridgeline with an intense hiking pace or trail run, connecting it to the National Tr...
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  • Scottsdale, Arizona

    Gateway Loop

    4.5
    4.32 mi / 764 ft gain
    The Gateway Trailhead is one access point into the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy in Scottsdale and is my favorite “Gateway” into the treasure trove of great trails and vistas in the McDowell Mountains. The Gateway Trailhead provides great accessibility for a quick hike or trail run at the end of t...
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  • Phoenix, Arizona

    Hike Telegraph Pass

    2.2 mi / 482 ft gain
    The Telegraph Pass Trail is a 2.2 mile out-and-back hike views of the city located near Phoenix, AZ. This hike is dog-friendly. 
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  • Phoenix, Arizona

    Hike the Apache Wash Loop Trail

    5.6 mi / 640 ft gain
    This hike begins at the Apache Wash Trailhead where you will find restrooms and a covered rest area. This loop is simple to follow and offers various shortcuts along with an access to an optional summit climb. The loop begins from the north-east end of the parking lot near the restrooms. Turn lef...
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  • Scottsdale, Arizona

    Pinnacle Peak Trail

    4.3
    3.87 mi / 896 ft gain
    Pinnacle Peak is a 3.8 mile out-and-back hike along a beautifully groomed trail with a moderate gain of ~1,000ft. This distinctive 600ft granite summit can be seen from most of the surrounding valley and offers spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains, iconic Four Peaks, Granite Mountain and t...
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  • Scottsdale, Arizona

    Hike Sunrise Trail to Sunrise Peak

    5.0
    3.8 mi / 1200 ft gain
    SunrisePeak,alsoknown as Sunrise Trail, is located at the residential foothills ofthe McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale,Arizona.The trail will start next to a residential neighborhood,butafter about a quarter mile you'll be immersed in the pristine SonoranDesert. The trail will lead you to the sad...
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